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Sun, 11 Nov 2012, 19:01 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 48th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

   28 Ron Capps                             746 Courtney Force               
E3                   0.077  4.091 313.95     ****WINNER****  0.080  4.069 318.24
 Prior rounds:
E2    (R Hight     ) 0.084  4.071 315.19      (T Wilkerson ) 0.083  4.064 317.12
E1    (T Pedregon  ) 0.083  4.092 311.13      (M Hagan     ) 0.085  4.055 318.02
 Qualified:             #1  4.007 319.29                        #4  4.032 315.93
3:39 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 29.07 inches, adjusted altitude 1,855 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Once again, Capps is in a must win situation. He goes into the round without lane choice, as Force ran just 0.007 quicker in round two. Capps is 5 - 1 against Force in prior events.

Capps gets a 0.003 head start at the line and holds off Force until near the 660 lights, where she drove on by. Force makes another strong pass for the close win.

That puts a wrap on the 2102 Funny Car Championship season and Jack Beckman is the winner!

Courtney Force's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.016), 330 ft(-0.004), 660ft(0.013). MOV: 0.0195 seconds (approximately 9 feet).

Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.906 sec., 330ft-2.343, 660ft-3.313/268.54 mph.
Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.344, 660ft-3.297/271.30 mph.

    2 Jack Beckman                            3 Cruz Pedregon                
E3                   0.099  4.086 311.99     ****WINNER****  0.082  4.023 314.09
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Arend     ) 0.102  4.027 317.79      (M Neff      ) 0.071  4.082 298.60
E1    (A DeJoria   ) 0.105  4.038 317.19      (G Downing   ) 0.091  4.191 231.24
 Qualified:             #3  4.025 319.75                        #2  4.008 319.60
Pedregon is 10 - 8 against Beckman in prior events.

Capp's will be kicking himself, as Pedregon gets a lead at the start and pulls steadily ahead for the almost forty foot win. He runs strong and will have lane choice over Force in the final.

Beckman still ran a low four, but it just wasn't good enough for the win.

Cruz Pedregon's incremental margins: 60ft(0.033), 330 ft(0.067), 660ft(0.075). MOV: 0.0805 seconds (approximately 37 feet).

Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.909 sec., 330ft-2.331, 660ft-3.301/265.69 mph.
Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.893 sec., 330ft-2.281, 660ft-3.243/267.16 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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